A New Book to Make Sense of 2020

22 December 2020

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Two weeks ago I released my new book Cross and Culture: Can Jesus Save the West? I’ve been overwhelmed with the response — over 600 copies have sold in that time, and we’re on to our second print run.

I begin Cross and Culture with a simple premise: something isn’t right in the Western world. The chaotic events of 2020 have only served to highlight deeper issues that have long been lying dormant — whether our looming mental health crisis, growing trends like censorship and superstition, or our desperate search for meaning.

In the face of all of this, I am convinced that we have every reason for hope — if we know where to look.

Cross and Culture contains many stories and insights from my adventures around Australia, the United States, and South East Asia. In it, I include discussions of architecture, contemporary music, modern art, philosophy, history, politics and more.

There are three underlying questions I seek to address in Cross and Culture:

Last week, I was interviewed about the book on Vision Radio by Neil Johnson. You can listen to that interview here. My good friend and colleague Warwick Marsh has also produced a short promotional video for the book.


For the next few weeks, Cross and Culture will remain at the special introductory price of $24.95 (plus shipping). For customers outside of Australia, the paperback can be purchased via Amazon. And the Kindle version is of course available worldwide.

Here is what Christian leaders from around Australia are saying about Cross and Culture:

“Refreshingly accessible, yet deeply insightful.”—Martyn Iles, Australian Christian Lobby

“Deserves a large readership.”—Dr John Dickson, Ridley College

“I applaud Kurt Mahlburg on this landmark book.”—Margaret Court, Former World Tennis Number One

“Well researched, inspiring, and full of hope.”—Andrew Evans, Founder of the Family First Party

“Cross and Culture deserves to be widely read.”—Dr Kevin Donnelly, Australian Catholic University

“A much needed message for our time.”—Peter Walker, Indigenous Elder

“A worthy read for a worthy cause.”—Senator Eric Abetz, Liberal Party of Australia

“Inspiring and enlightening.”—Fred Nile MP, Christian Democratic Party

“A book of profound insight… a book of hope.”—Dr Stephen A. Chavura, Campion College

“I love the way my friend Kurt Mahlburg thinks.”—Phil Mason, Tribe Byron Bay

“A fascinating read.”—Jenny Hagger, Australian House of Prayer for All Nations

“Kurt has a voice that the church needs to hear.”—Pablo Nunez, Ballina Uniting Church

“A call to action for Christians everywhere.”—Tom Kenyon, Former MP, Australian Labor Party

“This useful volume… offers us hope for the way ahead.”—Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch

“Thoroughly researched, brilliantly argued, and easy to read.”—Mark Sanders, Hills Baptist Church

“A must read for these times.”—James Condon, Commissioner Emeritus, The Salvation Army

“Incredible research, insightful critique, captivating stories.”—Andrew Scarborough, Youth for Christ Australia

“A compelling book.”—Mike Stevens, Clovercrest Baptist Church

“This book will fill you with optimism for our future.”—Eric Teitelman, House of David Ministries

“A very stimulating read!”—Michael Cook, MercatorNet

“A thorough and thought-provoking page-turner.”—Evelyn Rae, Writer and Commentator, Girl Rising Above the Noise

“This book is worth both reading and sharing.”—Karl Faase, Olive Tree Media



Originally published at Cross and Culture.

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